Treasury names Robyn East as new CIO

Wednesday - 4/6/2011, 4:28pm EDT

By Jason Miller
Executive Editor
Federal News Radio

The Treasury Department named Robyn East to be its new chief information officer.

East replaces Mike Duffy, who left Treasury to go back to the Justice Department on Aug. 13.

East joins Treasury from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where she was the deputy CIO for more than six years.

She takes over a $3.1 billion IT budget for the department, one of the largest among the civilian agencies.

Duffy had been focusing on optimizing the department's IT infrastructure, such as wide area and local area networks, desktop computers and data centers. He also was looking at how thin client computers can help improve the agency's cybersecurity and efficiency.

Diane Litman had been acting CIO since Duffy left. She returns to her role as associate CIO for planning and management.

As the UNC deputy CIO, East managed the daily operations of the central information technology organization and was responsible for translating organizational strategy into operational objectives and divisional goals. She also developed and implemented IT policy, negotiated all major IT contracts, oversaw the information security program and the central IT business services.

Before working at UNC, East was the executive director of the administrative applications department in Information Systems and Services at The George Washington University for about six years. While at GW, she managed enterprise applications, data administration and the university's Web presence. She also managed the budget of the central IT organization, the strategic IT plan, the development of IT policy and procedures and IT communications.

Duffy has since left Justice and joined DRT Strategies as its chief operating officer in March.

East becomes one of several new CIOs around the government over the last few months, including Teri Takai at the Defense Department, Mike Locatis at the Energy Department, Lt. Gen. Susan Lawrence at the Army, Terry Halvorsen at the Navy, Brig. Gen. Kevin Nally at the Marines and Mike Wash as the National Records and Archives Administration.

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